Scranton Among Elite Best Colleges in Nation

    The Princeton Review selected The University of Scranton among “The Best 385 Colleges” in the country and also ranked Scranton among the nation’s “Best Science Lab Facilities” (No. 7), “Best Campus Food” (No. 10) and “Best-Run Colleges (No. 20).
    August 8, 2019

    For the 18th consecutive year, The Princeton Review included Scranton among the nation’s “Best 385 Colleges” in its annual guidebook that published Aug. 6. In addition, The Princeton Review ranked Scranton for the fifth consecutive year among the nation’s “Best Science Lab Facilities” (No. 7) and “Best Campus Food” (No. 10). The Princeton Review also ranked Scranton at No. 20 in the nation for “Best-Run Colleges.”

    For the annual guidebook, The Princeton Review selects schools it “believes are the best in the nation, academically.” Just 13 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities are included. The book also includes The Princeton Review’s much publicized “Best of” lists of the “Top 20” colleges in 62 categories. The “Best of” lists are based entirely on surveys of students at colleges selected by The Princeton Review for inclusion in its guidebook.

    The 2020 edition of the guidebook includes detailed profiles of each of “The Best 385 Colleges.” Scranton’s profile stated that students praised its “awesome,” “caring” and “really supportive” professors, saying the professors “want their students to excel” and “care about their ... success.” Students also praised the “new improvements constantly being made to update campus including residence halls and academic buildings.”

    Scranton’s major capital improvements to academic facilities include the $85 million, 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center, which is one of the most innovative science buildings in the country, and the $47.5 million Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, which puts the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty.

    In addition to The Princeton Review, U.S. News has ranked Scranton among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the North” for 25 consecutive years, placing the University No. 6 in its 2019 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook. U.S. News also ranked Scranton No. 3 in its category in a listing of the top colleges in the nation expressing “A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” and No. 11 in its category in a ranking of the “Most Innovative Schools” in America. U.S. News also ranked Scranton’s entrepreneurship program at No. 31, its finance program at No. 36 and its accounting program at No. 37 in the country.

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